Team Physicians to the Chicago Steel
This is part of our ongoing series in partnership between the Steel and our team physician, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. As we get to know members of the 2020-2021 Chicago Steel, we’ll also get to know the outstanding physicians and staff at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush who help keep our players safe and healthy.
What led to you joining the Steel before camp this season?
I was originally planning on coming to Steel camp before it got cancelled and my old coach, Steel Assistant GM Noëlle Needham, got me in touch with Coach Garman. He was the first one to reach out to me and he said they were thinking about taking another goalie. It ended up working out and I’m fortunate enough to be here now so I’m really happy.
With three goalies to start the season, you had to wait to get into the rotation. How did you deal with that through the early part of the year?
I just thought 'I’m going to develop the best I can, wait for my opportunity and work as hard as I can so that when my time comes to play, I’ll be ready.' Being a younger guy, I thought I was here to develop this year and my time would come, so I just had to be patient.
You’ve worked with three other goalies in addition to Coach Garman this season, what benefits have you seen from working with so many different styles of goaltenders?
It’s unbelievable working with all of them, they’re all such great people. I think having all different styles actually benefits all of us. We can see different things that we don’t usually do in our game that may or may not work for us, but watching goalies with different styles each day is beneficial.
Do you fall into the category of goaltenders with crazy superstitions on gamedays?
I don’t really have any superstitions, I like to get up and move around a little bit. I always like to nap right before I head to the rink then I’ll take a shower but nothing really superstitious. If I don’t do something, I’m not like ‘oh no, what’s going to happen this game.’ I have a routine but it’s not a huge deal for me. I’m not a super-loud guy but I can’t take the game seriously, I just go out there and have fun. I’m not super locked-in, I don’t have headphones in or anything, I’m just out there. It’s like any other day at the rink when I’m there.
From the beginning of the season until now, what do you think has been your biggest development as a player?
Adjusting to the speed. It’s a whole new level so when I first got here I felt a little out of place. I got more comfortable as I’ve practiced and played more, getting used to older players, more speed and harder shots.
Where are you from?
I'm from Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
What sports or activities did you participate in as a child?
I played almost everything. Baseball and basketball were my main sports. I played both in high school and baseball in college.
What college did you attend?
I attended DePauw University
What drew you to working in healthcare?
I loved science but realized in college that I needed to add personal relationships as part of my occupation. Medicine allows me to get to know lots of different people every day. It is so cool to hear other people's stories.
What part of your job do you most enjoy?
I most enjoy being a part of people's journeys to be healthier.
Do you have a favorite NHL/pro sports team?
All Chicago sports - Go Hawks!
What is your favorite thing about working for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush?
I get to work with such brilliant colleagues. I learn something new everyday.